Rewind: Stone Mountain’s Raymond Sanders a bright spot for Kentucky

THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND:

Stone Mountain's Raymond Sanders had 171 all-purpose yards and a touchdown for Kentucky against Georgia on Saturday night in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Stone Mountain's Raymond Sanders had 171 all-purpose yards and a touchdown for Kentucky against Georgia on Saturday night in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let us know what you saw and heard.

If you’re a Kentucky fan, the one positive you could take out of Saturday’s loss to Georgia was the play of Raymond Sanders.

The freshman tailback from Stone Mountain’s Stephenson High School, playing in relief of injured starter Derrick Locke, was impressive against the Bulldogs. He finished the game with 171 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. Sanders had 79 yards rushing on 16 carries, seven catches for 77 yards receiving — including a nine-yard touchdown — and 15 yards on a kickoff return.

Sanders was about the only player coach Joker Phillips had anything good to say about afterward.

“You know, we’ve seen it all most of the year from Raymond,” Phillips told reporters after the Bulldogs’ 44-31 victory. “Raymond is a really determined runner. He’s a really sharp kid, catches the ball well. He’s a perfect back for what we do. He makes some people miss and he got stronger as the game went on. I’m just proud of him.”

Sanders led DeKalb County in rushing as a senior at Stephenson last year with 1,604 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Christian Harris proves worth in overtime win over Woodstock

I got a first-hand look at Tennessee commitment Christian Harris on Friday night when I covered the Etowah-Woodstock game as part of the broadcast crew for the Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week. I was impressed.

Harris wowed the standing-room only crowd for the critical 5-AAAAA contest with a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown in the game. He also was in on the game-deciding play in overtime as the Eagles stopped Woodstock and running back Tanner Skogen on fourth-and-inches on the goal line in the opening possession of the overtime period. Etowah (8-1) won the game 17-14 on Kyle Riordan’s 24-yard field goal.

Harris, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker, committed to Tennessee way back in March. He was just one of several prospects in the game.

Skogen, a Furman commitment who’s still getting looks from Georgia Tech and several other Football Bowl Subdivision schools, had a TD run and pass in the game. And Etowah wide receiver Barrett Burns (6-5, 215), a junior, was a difference-maker. He finished with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.

This week the Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week is down at Sandy Creek, which plays host to Fayette County. Sandy Creek wide receiver Alex Chisum, a Cincinnati commitment, is on pace to break a bunch of Calvin Johnson’s records down there. He had four catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Spalding.

UGA running back targets shine

A couple of running backs that are popping up on Georgia’s radar in recruiting had big nights this past Friday.

Marcus Caffey, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back at Grady, stole the spotlight from AJC Super 11 teammate Damian Swann as he rushed for 153 yards on 19 carries — including a 70-yard TD scamper — in a 7-6 win over St. Pius. Georgia appears to be moving toward a possible offer for Caffey, who already has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and South Carolina, among others.

Meanwhile, 2012 prospect Geno Smith outshone Swann in a battle of two of Atlanta’s best skill players. Swann, who plays as much wide receiver as he does cornerback, had two catches for 24 yards. Smith recorded two interceptions.

Up in Northeast Georgia, Elbert County RB Valdon Cooper retrerned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown and had another 98 rushing yards for the Blue Devils. He, too, is gaining notice from the Bulldogs.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ No. 1 target, AJC Super 11 running back Isaiah Crowell, did not play in Carver-Columbus’ 47-0 win over Kendrick. The focus of an intense recruiting battle between Alabama and Georgia, Crowell is nursing foot, ankle and knee injuries.

Etc.: Alec Ogletree gets first start at UGA . . .

Newnan grad Alec Ogletree got his first start for Georgia as a true freshman, but it was on offense rather than defense. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound safety actually started at wide receiver as part of the Bulldogs’ plan to smash-mouth Kentucky with their running game. Ogletree is a devastating perimeter blocker. He’s also playing a lot on defense and special teams. . . . Meanwhile, Da’Rick Rogers, a fellow member of the 2009 AJC Super 11 team, continues to struggle to prove his worth for Tennessee. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver from Calhoun was supposed to be a bigger part of the game plan against Alabama on Saturday. However, he finished with just two catches for 19 yards and one rush for three yards. The five-star prospect has just six receptions for 41 yards and no touchdowns this season. . . .

Valdosta ATH Malcolm Mitchell had five catches for 194 yards and a 94-yard TD on a kickoff return in the Wildcats’ 21-7 win over Tift County. . . . The Stephenson running back duo of Mike Davis and Willie Davis (no relation) rushed for more than 100 yards each for the fourth consecutive week in a 30-19 win over East Coweta. Willie, a South Florida commitment, had 110 yards. Mike, the younger brother of former Clemson star James Davis, had 120 for the Jaguars (8-0). . . . RB Wantavious Washington had a 202 yards on 27 carries — including a 74-yard TD run — in Griffin’s 10-6 win over Dutchtown. . . . RB N’Quan Maggett scored four TDs for Tucker. . . .

Georgia Tech commitment Chris Milton rushed for 142 yards on six carries and scored three touchdowns — including a 90-yard kickoff return — while playing quarterback in a 53-3 win over Bacon County. . . . McEachern tight end Rory Anderson, who has multiple ACC and SEC offers, caught a game-winning 13-yard TD pass from Trent Thompson in a 31-28 win over North Cobb. . . . AJC Super 11 RB/DB Brian Randolph, a Tennessee commitment, led Kell with 197 yards rushing in a 55-30 win over North Paulding.

86 comments Add your comment

Big Daddy

October 25th, 2010
10:55 am

Chip Towers

October 25th, 2010
10:56 am

Good job, Big Daddy!

chilidawg

October 25th, 2010
11:01 am

what’ll ya have?

Sanford Drive

October 25th, 2010
11:02 am

Dawgs WIN! Jackets LOSE!

Helluva weekend!!!!!!!

ryan

October 25th, 2010
11:05 am

If things keep getting better then all is well with are targets hey Chip you had to be impressed with Ealey 5 TDs .

ChuyDawg

October 25th, 2010
11:12 am

I say analyze the heck out of Caffey immediately to decide if he’s worthy of a scholly. I personally think he deserves one, I’ve seen some film. I say offer him now to get him to commit. I know everybody is in love with Crowell but you have to remember that nothing is guaranteed right now. The longer the Crowell saga lasts will only hurt us with other instate RB’s. I have said that all along. Don’t miss on other top talent while chasing around Crowell. I know he’s a “5 star” but so was Caleb and other average players. I also remember a 2 star QB who went on to become the winningest QB in the SEC. I also remember a 2 star FB who went on to become an All-American DE and a first rounder.

joe

October 25th, 2010
11:19 am

If any uncommitted recruits want to go to a place where they can play immediately next season, go to UT. Last Saturday, esp. on defense, showed they have the wherewithall and drive to compete, but zero depth to keep them in games against good teams. I think that is why several Georgia HS studs have already committed there.

FRED

October 25th, 2010
11:21 am

WELL WELL LOOK AT TODAYS TOP 10 AUBURN ON TOP. WAS IN IT JUST 2 YEARS AGO THEIR PROGRAM WAS IN TROUBLE AND THEY BROUGHT IN A NEW COACH AND STAFF. HUM

Chip Towers

October 25th, 2010
11:33 am

Captain: Little Freudian slip there on my part. Washington it should be.

Chip Towers

October 25th, 2010
11:37 am

ryan: I WAS impressed with Washaun Ealey’s five TDs. Could have been six TDs if CMR had the same mentality as some other coaches in the league. And those were blue-collar TDs. Not a bunch untouched sprints to paydirt. . . . The crazy thing is I thought Georgia needed to throw the ball all over the place in that game.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 25th, 2010
11:39 am

Auburn has had the ball bounce their way and could easily have 3 losses. Still Cam Newton is definitely impressive. He spent time at Florida and at junior college so he must be at least a junior by now? That means he is eligible for the NFL draft. I would say he is a 2nd or high 3rd round choice now but could stay til his senior year and possibly move up to the first round. UGA’s main targets are #1) Crowell, #2) Drew & #3) Swann. They really use a top WR but won’t get one this year. Get by Florida this coming week and the recruiting will get easier.

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 25th, 2010
11:42 am

Good article Chip, I wonder how many UGA haters will go on and on about how CMR let yet another great GA player slip away?

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
11:45 am

FRED…not sure what your point is other than Au is looking good, pretty much thanks to one super player…but every team that makes HC changes does always seem the same results..its one season, so lets give it awhile to see if they made the right call..but for now Au is looking good and will be tough for anyone to handle and that includes Bama…i would say if Au keeps Newton healthy, which some of the licks he takes may be difficult, they will be hard to stop on offense…

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

Chuydawg…i think i agree with you and it may be a sign that the dawgs don’t want to see that happen by offering this kid…i don’t really know much about him, maybe someone can let us know as it seems he may have flown under the radar somewhat…i still think the dawgs are in good shape with Crowell, and as i understand it want to take 2 RB’s this season…but i’m sure they are prepared get some good RB’s even if we lose Crowell…still though,if Coach Richt is here, and he will be, then we should be ok…Interesting on Drew from Scout.com stating that he will be shutting it down for awhile…not sure what that means, but i think he will be a dawg come NSD…but thats just my opinion…i’ve heard a few things, but that really doesn’t mean anything at this point…the florida game is huge for the dawgs not only for this season, but the next few seasons…it is important that the recruits feel we are headed in the right direction…one of the biggest games in Coach Richt’s tenure in my opinion…go dawgs

ryan

October 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

If we can pull out a win at Florida then it looks real good for Crowell I thought Oregon should have been #1 there win was more impressive Boise ST schedule is hurting them .

fasttrack1234

October 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Caffey, Smith, and Cooper are good but KENO LOYAL will be the top RB in the state of Georgia next year. The next Jamal Lewis. 5′11 215 with speed to burn.

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

Chip..anything regarding Ray Drew in regards to the report on Scout.com…can we read anything into that…or is the young man just needing a break from everything going on in the recruiting process..

True DAWG fan

October 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Chip what is your gut saying about Crowell? when all the dust clears will we be on the outside looking in? Or does come to Ga. and run this state?

ryan

October 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

From what i read on Drew he has lot on his plate and that why he shut his Twitter page down and he is just taking a break .

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Reports are that the decision to play Rainey against the dawgs wont be made until Thurs..according to Meyer…anyone buying this…Rainey will play and reports are that Trey Burton will be getting a majority of snaps at QB….Rainey possibly at Rb…again, not our decision, but i think Coach Meyer will lose some respect for playing Rainey at all this year…i do think the young man deserves another chance, just as Zach Mett, but probably not at the same school…just my opinion, i don’t know all the specifics or facts, but just what i have heard and read…seems to me this should have been a no brainer…but i can’t worry about what the gator coaching staff does or doesn’t do…our team just needs to be focused on a tough task on Sat…go dawgs

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

October 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Marcus Caffey will be a DAWG – as UGA needs to focus on PLAN B as Crowell will end up with the TIDE.

UGA will lose two more games this year – Florida and Auburn – Tech game 50/50 – and will need beat Tech to be bowl eligable.

UGA had a great game against KY – throw out the stats – UGA created short field opportunity.

ryan

October 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

You Bama fans should not get to confident on Crowell Richt is going to be the coach next year Bama should not spend all there time looking at one recruit .

Lowndes25

October 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

@dawgster, ryan is correct….Drew just has a lot on his plate right now with TCC about to finish up the season and fighting for playoff position. Couple that with all of the requests for preaching/speaking engagements and it has become to hard for him to keep up with everything. Honestly, this is a great decision by him and probably something he should have done a long time ago.

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Roll Tide with Pride!!!…i think Crowell saw what its like and the possibilities as a top notch RB at UGA..5 TD’s on the ground make people take notice regardless of how they were scored…you could be right though, we may or may not get Crowell…who really knows..neither one of us knows..anyone that says differently is just guessing in my opinion…i will say both schools have advantages..Bams’s being their record the past 2 seasons, and the stability of the program and coaches…the dawgs have been a favorite team of Crowell’s for sometime now, and he has a great relationship with Coach Richt who is very well liked by the family…he’s hoping for some immediated playing time and at with the dawgs, he can possibly be the guy…so both schools offer alot…i only mentioned a few of the plusses for both schools, there are more…and you might be right, we might lose two more games this year, but you know what, we might also win those games also…you might not want to forget that you also play Au and they almost beat you last year without Newton…so i wouldn”t dismiss that as a loss for you guys…but hey good post and comments…we will see how everything plays out on the field…but right now, from what i have seen Au is better than either one of our teams…at least on offense…

Lowndes25

October 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

@dawgster, Drew is also taking College courses at night so he has very little “free-time” on his hands right now. We are still in very good position with Drew. Same with Crowell…trust me…

ryan

October 25th, 2010
12:26 pm

Hey Lowndes25 are we in better shape now with Crowell than a few weeks ago i know if we can beat FL it would seal the deal .

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Lowndes…thats kind of what i figured…just didn’t know if we knew any additional info…i’m not so sure that he doesn’t already know where he is going…just my opinion..but just a feeling…Ryan..agree with your comments regarding Crowell….don’t think Bama should think they have him locked up…i believe it is mostly the fans, not the coaching staff at this point…

Lowndes25

October 25th, 2010
12:30 pm

@ryan, every win/positive showing on the field is a great thing for UGA. Our OL has really been playing well the past few games, and Washaun ran the ball hard Saturday (to the tune of 5 tds)…both of those are great things for us concerning Crowell (and other prospects as well). Like I have said many of times on these blogs, we are in good position with Crowell…trust me…

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

Ryan..i wont try and answer for Lowndes, but beating the gators will not hurt our chances at all..and if we lose, well not sure that makes a huge diifference also…i think Coach Richt being here and the opportunity to be an impact player for a university that has a long history of putting RB’s in the NFL will be a great consideration…what will hurt is if the program receives alot of negative remarks and bashing by our own fanbase, if we should lose another game or two…that would be the blow that would absolutely kill the recruiting efforts this season…but i still feel good about where we are, when you look at where we started…go dawgs

ryan

October 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Your right dawgster 2nd half has looked good so far Richt has done a much better job in coaching an players are starting to buy in the 3-4 there no one on this blog going to give us chance but there is always first time for everything .

TXDawg

October 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

McGarity has even praised CMR for the job he has done the last couple of weeks.

http://dawg-extra.blogspot.com/2010/10/mcgarity-praises-richt.html

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

TX Dawg…good article and thanks for the link…

Mike

October 25th, 2010
12:54 pm

Nice cheap shot at Da’Rick btw. However, I wonder what that says about Marlon Brown’s worth. Rogers has better freshmen #s than Marlon Brown.

Mean Machine

October 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

“Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ No. 1 target, AJC Super 11 running back Isaiah Crowell, did not play in Carver-Columbus’ 47-0 win over Kendrick. The focus of an intense recruiting battle between Alabama and Georgia, Crowell is nursing foot, ankle and knee injuries.”

This concerns me. Either this kid is injury-prone, or he is more concerned with preserving his scholarship offers rather than helping his team. That many injuries to a RB in high school should send up red flags.

DEKALB COUNTY

October 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

george kennedy of swd is the is a running back that mark richt has fallen in love with over the past few weeks this kid has all of the tools he is 5′11 185 and runs a legit 4.3 i look for him to be a good fit at uga

dawgster

October 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Mike…don’t see how you call the info on D’Rogers a cheap shot by Chip…he just reported his statistics for the season and that everyone thought he would play a bigger part…the comparison to Brown isn’t relevant as we have other receivers that are ahead of him in the rotattion and he has battled some injuries…i don’t know if you can compare the two players at this point….different schools and different schemes…also you don’t have the receivers we do, so D’Rogers was expected to help out more than he has at this point…Chip, only pointed out what he has done this season…go dawgs

USMCDAWG

October 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

@Mike The Rick also has more arrest then Marlon did as a freshman.

Chip Towers

October 25th, 2010
1:13 pm

Mean Machine: Isaiah Crowell sitting out should not be a concern. The kid is fine, just a little banged up. And Coach Dell McGee, whose team might be the best among all classifications, is simply resting his star player for the stretch run in the playoffs.

pjbrave

October 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

Chip have you seen this Kenno Loyal kid play? In 7 games this kid has over 1200yds and 16Tds. His running style is perfect for the SEC or BIG 10. I hope that UGA does not let him get away. He was down in Auburn this weekend for the LSU game and from what I hear the Auburn family really showed him alot of love!!!! Lets go UGA get on this kid!!!!

John David

October 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

Vick=Dog killing thug wants to use the N word but thug will suffice lol

Chip Towers

October 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

Mike: I didn’t “cheap shot” Da’Rick Rogers. I do think he’s still trying to prove his worth to Tennessee. I also think Marlon Brown is still trying to prove his worth to UGA. A five-star prospect means they project as immediate impact players in college. Brown didn’t meet the criteria; Rogers hasn’t either. . . . Yet. I still think he’s a special athlete. I, after all, ranked him No. 1 in the state last year.

Mike

October 25th, 2010
1:23 pm

Chip,
With Roger, Jones, Hunter and Moore ahead of him, no one in Knoxville expected Rogers to be a savior. But to say he is proving his “worth” is a stretch and interesting wording to say the least.
His worth is he is a really talented FRESHMEN who will learn and get better. His IMPACT is not what many expected but he is a freshmen. I would expect blubs on other 5 start athletes that are trying to prove their worth as true freshmen.

Mike

October 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

@USMCDAWG Da’Rick is just trying to keep up with all his old friends at UGA

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

Come on Chip, 5 TD’s on runs of 6 yards or less is not impressive. If those runs were like 27, 45, 33, 14, and 72 that would be impressive. The offense moved the ball down the field and Ealy reaped the rewards on gimme scores.
I’m a big DAWG fan but the runs were not impressive.

TXDawg

October 25th, 2010
1:34 pm

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg),

Even though his TD runs weren’t from long distances Ealey had some good runs in that game.

TMC DAWG

October 25th, 2010
1:39 pm

Chip, Seen AJ Johnson of gainesville red elephants play against Monroe Area last week. How many stars do you rate him and is Tennessee a lock. If Not UGA has to give this guy a look. What a physical looking guy with a nose for the football.

naganole

October 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

So, what’s up recruitnicks…?

FSU Sucks

October 25th, 2010
1:58 pm

naganole

October 25th, 2010
1:58 pm

Good news for you UGA fans. Lot of rumbling that Cam will be one and done at AU. He’s gone by all reports, no matter what his draft projection is…

naganole

October 25th, 2010
2:00 pm

@FSU Sucks If sucking is being favored to win your conference and make a BCS bowl, then I’ll sign up for an extra helping…